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R.E.M.

Imitation Of Life

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play Charades, pop  
play Water hyacinth, named by a  
play Imitation of life
play Like a koi in a frozen  
play Like a goldfish in a  
play I don't want to hear you cry

play That's sugarcane that tasted good
play That's cinnamon, that's Hollywood
play C'mon, c'mon no one can see you try

play You want the   thing
play The greatest thing since bread came  
play You've got it all, you've got it  
play Like a Friday fashion show  
play Freezing in the  
play Trying to look like you don't try

play That's sugarcane that tasted good
play That's cinnamon, that's Hollywood
play C'mon, c'mon no one can see you try

play No one can see you cry

play That sugar cane that tasted good
play That freezing   , that's what you could
play C'mon, c'mon on no one can see you cry

play This sugarcane
play This lemonade
play This   , I'm not afraid
play C'mon, c'mon no one can see me cry

play This lightning  
play This tidal wave
play This avalanche, I'm not afraid
play C'mon, c'mon no one can see me cry

play That sugar cane that tasted good
play That's who you are, that's what you could
play C'mon, c'mon on no one can see you cry

play That sugar cane that tasted good
play That's who you are, that's what you could
play C'mon, c'mon on no one can see you cry

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The song title is taken from the classic 1959 film of the same name.

"I thought at the time that the title was a perfect metaphor for adolescence. Peter Buck explained on the liner notes for In Time, though he admitted none of the guys saw the movie,

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Tidal wave

An exceptionally large ocean wave, especially one caused by an underwater earthquake or volcanic eruption